The Castle Corona



Clever, fun fairy tale with positive messages.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some characters are spoiled, mean, and/or bossy, but most eventually realize the error of their ways.

Violence & scariness

Classic fairytale violence: threats of poisoning, a young prince's mock battles and duels, a mean master whips his child laborers. The whippings are briefly described and the children appear unharmed by them. A storyteller tells a tale in which characters are killed unjustly.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a classic fairy tale. There is mild fairy-tale violence and, of course, budding romance. A storyteller tells a story in which parents and siblings die and thieves are killed; the killings are shown as unjust.

What's the story?

King Guido, his queen, Gabriella, their children Prince Gianni, Vito, and Princess Fabrizia sit in their splendid castle wishing they were someplace else. Two orphaned children Pia and Enzio work very hard every day for a horrible master, all the while wishing they were in the royal family's shoes. The two families' paths cross when a thief sets the king's imagination to work and the peasant children find a mysterious pouch.

Is it any good?


Creech's clever weaving of two seemingly unrelated tales takes readers on a journey in which they will discover all that glitters can be itchy. Kids will enjoy all the trappings of a traditional fairy tale: beautiful clothes, royals, gorgeous castles and sweeping castle grounds, mean masters, noble peasant children, storytellers, and eccentric hermits. There is plenty of intrigue with poisons, snakes, and thieves. Parents will like the moral dilemmas that reach a satisfying conclusion in which both peasants and royals find value in their own circumstances. The characters also find purpose in reaching out to others.

David Diaz.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about being grateful, and what the characters learned about the responsibilities that come with privilege. Why was the princess so unhappy? How did the peasants feel about the royals once they met them?

Book details

Author:Sharon Creech
Illustrator:David Diaz
Genre:Fairy Tale
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication date:October 2, 2007
Number of pages:336
Read aloud:8
Read alone:8

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Teen, 13 years old Written byTheOmgBecky November 24, 2012

After Reading...

It is a good book, but it is kind of hard to find a plot line. There is many confusing parts, but everything is cleared up in the end but you still might be confused after reading.
Parent of a 8 year old Written byAdina Ciocanea August 27, 2009

It's a good book to read in vacation

It was easy to read and sometimes funny! My 8 years old daughter loved it.
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Teen, 13 years old Written bydylank November 21, 2008


I was so excited when my mom got back from her book fair at New York and one of the books she brought back was Castle Corona and I love the author.


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